Up for sale, a 1980s Ibanez Roadstar II RB824 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order with a Pearl White gloss finish. Crafted at the Fujigen factory in Japan, the Roadstar is the bolt-on sibling to the venerable Musician line, with the same top quality construction and components.
Tonewoods include a basswood body, slab 24 fret rosewood fretboard and three-piece maple neck, with a broad, balanced natural acoustic quality that translates faithfully through the Super J6 humbucker pair. This Roadstar II bass is a versatile and dynamic force, and via the pair of three-way mini toggles, the humbuckers can switch between parallel and series operation in humbucker mode, in addition to coil splitting functionality. The wide palette of available tones ranges from deep, wooly thumps to bright growl with plenty of midrange burp. Weighing 8lbs 14oz, this Ibanez has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-105 roundwound strings, comfortable action, and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a slender D-shaped profile carve with full shoulderd in every register, measuring .805” deep at the 1st fret and .960” at the 12th. The slab rosewood fretboard has stock medium jumbo fretwire which has plenty of meat, showing light wear beneath the A and D strings on frets 1-12. The bass plays cleanly in every register up the 34" scale, and the graphite nut measures 1 5/8” (41mm) in width. The headstock features a gold Roadstar truss rod cover and set of Ibanez Smooth Tune BII tuners that live up to their name.
On the body, the electronics work as intended with center detent pickup Blend knob, Master Volume and Tone controls, and dedicated three-way mini toggles for series/parallel and coil tap functionality on each humbucker. Gold hardware includes the robustly built Accu-Cast bridge, dome-top knurled knobs, and V-shaped strap buttons.
The gloss Pearl White finish shows light yellowing of the clear coat, and cosmetic wear includes a handful of minor dings across the body, particularly concentrated along the lower bout edge, and a small area of buckle rash. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean, with just one tiny ding at the 10th fret that has no impact on playability.
An Ibanez-branded gigbag is included.